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Box Score Los Angeles Lakers 26 33 24 20 103
Play by Play New Orleans Hornets 23 18 19 26 88


Odom leads Lakers past Hornets 103-88

By BRETT MARTEL

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Lamar Odom responded to his first time out of the starting lineup this season by scoring 24 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers convincingly ended a three-game losing streak with a 103-88 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

Kobe Bryant added 20 points, while Andrew Bynum, who started for Odum, scored 18 points. Pau Gasol added 11 points and 12 rebounds as the Lakers snapped out a funk in which they had lost by 15 or more points in their previous three games.

Chris Paul had 20 points and Marco Belinelli scored 15 for the Hornets, who lost their second straight by double digits after falling 113-98 at Minnesota two nights earlier.

David West twisted his left ankle late in the first half and tried to play through it, but finished with only eight points in 28 minutes.

Odom had started in all 31 of the Lakers' previous games. Bynum, who had played a reserve role in his first seven games since returning from offseason knee surgery, started for the first time this season.

The lineup shift produced a commanding performance in New Orleans, where the Hornets had been 13-3 coming in. Los Angeles had a lead as large as 20 late in the second quarter and kept the lead above 20 for significant stretches of the second half. The Lakers shot 58.6 percent (41 of 70) for the game. Los Angeles also finished with a whopping 44-24 advantage in rebounds.

When the Hornets trimmed the lead to 15 with a mini run and drew the crowd back into the game by forcing a missed jumper by Matt Barnes, Odum skied for the rebound and hit a short bank shot to make it 93-76 with 5:34 to go.

Later, Odom finished an uncontested fast break by putting the ball behind his back and missing a finger roll off the back rim, only to rise up and jam home the rebound. The play left Bynum laughing as he watched from midcourt while Hornets coach Monty Williams disgustedly called timeout.

Energized by a boisterous sellout crowd, the Hornets started respectably. Paul had 11 of his points in the first quarter to keep the game close early. Gasol's 13-foot jumper gave the Lakers a 26-23 lead at the end of the period.

With a lineup of primarily reserves on the court, New Orleans started to unravel early in the second quarter.

Odom's layup as he was fouled ignited an 11-0 spurt during which Barnes and Derek Fisher hit-back-to-back 3s before Fisher added a 22-foot jumper to push the Lakers' lead to 46-29.

Los Angeles' lead remained in double digits even after the Hornets' starters came back in, growing to 59-39 on Gasol's free throws late in the period. Los Angeles shot 67.6 percent (23 of 34) in the first half and went into the locker room with a 59-41 lead.

Notes: Barnes was ejected by official Scott Foster for arguing a foul call with less than a minute to go in the game. ... The Lakers' victory margin has been in double digits in 15 of their 22 wins this season. ... This was the first meeting between the Lakers and Hornets teams this season. New Orleans will visit the Lakers on Jan. 7. ... Announced attendance was 18,018, the Hornets' largest home crowd of the season. ... The crowd included Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, who is from New Orleans, and members of the Arkansas football team, who will play in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4.


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58 Field goal percentage for the Lakers, who made 41-of-70 shots. That number was actually deceptively low, because L.A. was hovering around 70 percent until a slow offensive fourth quarter as the Lakers tried to maintain a safe margin.

30 Minutes played by Andrew Bynum, who looked terrific throughout in scoring a season-high 18 points with six rebounds, making 8-of-12 field goals.

25 Assists notched for the Lakers a game after producing only 15 against San Antonio. Kobe Bryant moved the basketball effectively and took only 14 shots in 28 minutes, making eight en route to 20 points with four dimes.

24 Points for Lamar Odom off the bench, a career high in a reserve role, which was still more than that scored by N.O.’s entire bench early in the fourth quarter before garbage time.

20 More rebounds collected by the Lakers (44-24) in an impressive effort on the glass. Pau Gasol had 12 to lead the way.




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Points Odom 24 10-15 FG
Rebounds Gasol 4 OFF 8 DEF 12
Assists Fisher 8
Steals Fisher 3
Blocks Barnes, Bynum, Gasol 1

POSTGAME QUOTES

Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson:

On the game: “We had shots that we wanted to take. We had a shot selection that was good. The ball moved. We had 14 for 19 positive experiences in the post in the first half. Even running our pinch post action was 8 for 10. So, things we were running inside of our offense were run well. I wasn’t so happy the second half. They got away from our end of the floor and played a little bit out of their own. I thought guys stepped into their shots. Fish had a couple tough ones against Chris Paul. Kobe had opportunities that he was shooting the ball well. It looked like Lamar felt very good about his shots. So guys had a good feel about their shots. But we had good shots and good ball movement. “


 

Lakers center Andrew Bynum

On getting the start “It really didn’t affect my mindset, consciously I was just trying to play well. That’s what you need to do, put that out in the universe, stay focus. I put the work in in practice, I think he just wanted to start me today because of the matchup with Okafor. We moved Pau against David West so I think they had a problem guarding two seven-footers and we could really attack this team in the lane and that’s what we tried to do.”

On building confidence
“Yes and no, I mean I know I still have some explosiveness to get back, and some athletism to get back. I know at this point in the season it’s tough to do both, it’s tough to train off the court when you’re trying to come back. It will come with time and I’ll be back to jumping”

Read more: Andrew Bynum Post-New Orleans Quotes


 

Lakers forward Lamar Odom

On coming off the bench “It makes no difference; I kind of understand my position and his position as far as the team’s concerned. Him coming off the surgery, I’ve been sharp, so to me it really didn’t make a difference. It could of worked either or, some people could have took it personal, but it didn’t matter to me, honestly.

On the teams depth “That’s a question, if Kobe gets hurt, Shannon  knows what he’s suppose to do if he starts, how he’s suppose to play. If Kobe and Derek get hurt, then Steve and Shannon know their role. It’s good to have everyone back. Of course when you talk about a team, it’s having players that can step up for each other. I mean, that helps you because guys get hurt. So to have everyone back, we understand what we are suppose to do, but we know even if we have three men down.”


 

Hornets Head Coach Monty Williams
[Opening Statement] “I thought we were over-whelmed. You can’t treat one game more than any other. With all the stuff going on we treated this like a big game. I sensed it early on that some of our guys were a bit over-whelmed. Chris, David and Emeka have been there before, but we got caught up in it and that didn’t serve us well. In the first quarter I told the guys that were only down by three points and there was a sense of panic in some of the eyes of the guys. They [the Lakers} are a great team and hit a lot of tough shots, and we didn’t hit a lot of shots in the second quarter and that hurt us down the stretch.”

(On the comparisons between the two teams) “They are at a different level, but that shouldn’t mess with your intensity and how you play defense. If a team hits shots on you, you get back on offense and execute. I don’t think we did a good job of getting back on the offensive end and had lapses after they would make shots. It’s to be expected when you play the defending world champions, and I know we’re asking guys who haven’t played at this type of level to stay the course and use this as a learning experience.”

(On the team’s offensive execution) “Some shots we had great looks and we just didn’t make them. I think they had a lot to do with that. They have a lot of length and those guys are hard to get around. It’s tough when you miss a few shots and you want to get to the free throw line and start to force things. We started running our fourth quarter plays in the second and that didn’t help us at all in the end.”

(On finding positives heading into a two-game road trip) “I think we won the second half, and I liked our intensity. You can always pull moral victories out of games like this, so I think we have to stay the course and understand that we just played the world champions and realize that this is the kind of effort that we will have to play with every night no matter who we play.”


 

Hornets forward Trevor Ariza
(On being a night different team every night) “One day we are playing well and everybody’s getting it going and the next
Hornets guard Marcs day we can be somebody’s little brother.  If we want to win or do something in this league, we can’t do that.”

(On what to expect in Boston) “We are going to play totally different.  We played really soft today and that’s the bottom line.  We can’t play like that. We still have a lot of things to work on.  That’s a team (the Lakers) that won the championship last year and we see the level that we want to get to.”


 

Hornets guard Marcus Thornton
 (On the game) “Just forget about it.  Take it as a learning lesson.  Those guys are a major team.  For us to get to that point, we have to take games like this and learn from it and go into Boston and play them.  They are the same way.”

(On being a different team every night) “We have to find a way every night to put it together.  I think once we do that we are going to be good.”








LAKERS VS. HORNETS GAME PREVIEW

By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking at possibly matching their longest losing streak of the season, and Kobe Bryant is seething. This time, however, he's not angry with his teammates.

Bryant will try to shake his own funk and provide a spark for the two-time reigning NBA champion Lakers as they visit the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles (21-10) has lost three in a row by an average of 16.7 points, and is in position for its first four-game slide since Nov. 26-Dec. 1.

The Lakers moved closer to matching that dubious mark Tuesday, falling 97-82 at league-leading San Antonio while shooting a season-low 35.4 percent. They've connected on just 29.1 percent of their 3-point attempts during the slide, and Bryant is growing increasingly frustrated over the results.

The 12-time All-Star guard called out his teammates following a nationally televised 96-80 home loss to Miami on Saturday, but he's more focused on himself now.

"I'm just (mad) at myself," Bryant said after scoring 21 points while making 8 of 27 shots against the Spurs. "(Mad) I didn't play well. We're all moody. Everybody's a little moody right now."

Bryant has struggled over the last five games, averaging 17.6 points on 39.0 percent shooting while making 4 of 17 shots from beyond the arc.

His 25.3 points per game on the season ranks among the league leaders, and he's averaged 31.1 points in his last 10 road games against the Hornets (18-13).

Bryant had 31 points in a 108-100 loss in his most recent visit to New Orleans on March 29. The Lakers won the two other season meetings in 2009-10, but they were both in Los Angeles.

The Hornets are struggling to find consistency since their 11-1 start. They've won consecutive games twice since then, going 7-12 while averaging 92.5 points.

"I don't think we're going from start to finish," forward David West said. "We have spurts and stretches where we're solid defensively. In terms of completion, we aren't going from start to finish."

New Orleans, though, has been impressive at home, winning its last four to improve to 13-3 there.

A brief return home could be what the Hornets need before weekend games at Boston on Friday and at Washington on Saturday.

They failed at winning three in a row overall again Monday, falling 113-98 loss at Minnesota as its road losing streak reached seven.

"I think this one we're going to be mad at for a long time," said guard Chris Paul, who had 22 points and 13 assists against the Timberwolves. "Of course, you've got to get over it, but at the same time, we should have beat this team. Bad, bad, bad loss for us. I don't know, they just beat us."

Paul could be in for another strong performance. He's averaged 23.8 points and 11.6 assists in eight home games against the Lakers, but the Hornets have only won three of them.

West, the team leader with 19.3 points per game, had 20 points and seven boards in the latest meeting with Los Angeles.


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Lakers Kobe Bryant (sprained pinkie finger, right hand) will play.
Andrew Bynum
(right knee surgery) is probable.
Theo Ratliff
(sore left knee) is out.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu (right elbow infection) is out.


12/29 - LAL @ NOH
01/07 - NOH @ LAL
02/05 - LAL @ NOH
03/27 - NOH @ LAL


This New Orleans Hornets team is more athletic than Hornets teams of the past.  They are long armed and have active hands and they like to pressure the passing lanes trying to get steals.  We must use our ball fakes and make strong passes otherwise their gambling will pay off with easy baskets for the Hornets.  They have bought into Coach Monty Williams' defensive philosophy and have only allowed 100 points six times so for this season.  Their bench play has improved and as is the norm in the NBA their bench and role players play better at home.  The Hornets can win ugly games because Chris Paul does a good job controlling the tempo, they are a low turnover team and their defense, hustle, and second chance points give them extra possessions.

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GAME NOTES

SEASON& SERIES NOTES; CONNECTIONS
The Lakers took last season's series from New Orleans 2-1 after winning the 2008-09 series 3-1. The Lakers are 7-3 in their last 10 games against the Hornets including a 3-1 mark in their last four meetings. The Lakers are also 7-3 in their last 10 homes games against the Hornets and are 12-4 all-time against the Hornets at STAPLES Center. Since the Hornets move to New Orleans from Charlotte prior to the 2002-03 season, the Lakers have gone 7-3 at New Orleans Arena while going 0-2 at Ford Center in Oklahoma City during their temporary relocation from 2005-07. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 19-9 against the Hornets. In 2006, the Lakers and Hornets took part in the city of New Orleans first professional sports game following Hurricane Katrina when they met at the New Orleans Arena March 8, 2006. The Lakers won that contest 113-107 behind 40 points from Kobe Bryant. In 2006-07, Bryant scored a series record 50 points 3/23/07, becoming just the second player in NBA history to score 50+ points in four consecutive games. In their first meeting of the 2007-08 season (11/6/07), Peja Stojakovic made a Lakers opponent record 10 three-point field goals while Chris Paul became only the 7th Lakers opponent to record at least 21 assists in a game and the first since John Stockton did so in April of 1990. In a January 6, 2009 loss to New Orleans, David West scored a series-high 40 points for the Hornets, surpassing Baron Davis' old mark of 37 established when the team was in Charlotte back in 2002. Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons spent the 2004-05 and 2005- 06 seasons as an assistant coach in New Orleans. Hornets forward Trevor Ariza played 106 regular season games with Los Angeles from 2007-09, averaging 8.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.54 steals during his Lakers career while helping the team to the 2009 NBA Championship. Additionally, Hornets center DJ Mbenga played three seasons with the Lakers from 2007-10, averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds and was a member of two championship Lakers teams (2009, 2010).

CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-FIGURE DEFEATS
With their loss December 28th at San Antonio, the Lakers saw their five game road win streak come to an end while extending a different rather dubious streak. In falling to the Spurs 82-97, the Lakers have now lost three consecutive games by double-figures for the first time since March of 2007 when they lost five consecutive games by 10 or more points (3/6/07 – 3/15/07, 4 road losses, 1 home).

RARE HOME STRUGGLES
On Christmas Day, the Lakers lost by 16 points to the Heat. In their previous game on December 21st, they lost by 19 points to the Bucks. With both losses coming at home, it is only the third time in franchise history that the Lakers have lost back-to-back home games by at least 16 points. The team was in Minneapolis the previous two times this happened, once in January 1959 and once in November/December 1959. In both cases, the Lakers played at least one road game in between the losses.*

BACK-TO-BACK
Wednesday's game at New Orleans is the second of a back-to-back set with the Spurs and Hornets. This season, the Lakers are 4-2 in the first game and 4-1 in the second of back-to-backs. On the year, the Lakers will play 15 sets of back-to-back games as opposed to the 20 they faced a season ago. The only other time the Lakers have played 15 or fewer sets of back-to-backs came in the team's first ever NBA season (1948-49) when they also played 15 sets of back-to-backs. Chicago, Milwaukee and Atlanta lead the league with 23 back-to-backs each in 2010-11 while Oklahoma City (17), Phoenix (16) and the Lakers (15) will play the fewest sets this season.

KOBE BRYANT LEADS ALL PLAYERS AFTER 1st ROUND OF ALL-STAR BALLOTING
On December 16th, the NBA announced its FIRST returns of 2011 NBA All-Star balloting with Kobe Bryant (722,682) LEADING all players in All-Star voting, ahead of Orlando's Dwight Howard (611,561) and Miami's LeBron James (607,994). Pau Gasol (390,808), who made his third All-Star team last season as a reserve, ranks 2nd among forwards in the West behind Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (470,881). Andrew Bynum (198,044) ranks 2nd among West centers behind Houston's Yao Ming (430,984), while New Orleans' Chris Paul (386,649) ranks 2nd among West guards behind Bryant. In the East, James and Boston's Kevin Garnett (456,111) lead the forward voting, Miami's Dwyane Wade (570,489) and Boston's Rajon Rondo (497,141) are the top two vote-getters at guard and Howard leads all East centers in balloting.

In each of the last three seasons, Bryant has led the Western Conference in all-star balloting. Last season, Bryant received 2,456,224 votes, finishing second overall to Cleveland's LeBron James (2,549,693). In 2008-09, he accumulated 2,805,397 votes, finishing third in overall balloting behind Dwight Howard (3,150,181) and James (2,940,823). In 2007-08, Bryant garnered 2,004,940 votes to finish fourth in overall voting behind Kevin Garnett (2,399,148), James (2,108,831) and Howard (2,066,991). In 2006-07, when he earned his second All-Star MVP, Bryant finished third overall in balloting behind James and Yao Ming. A three-time All-Star MVP (2002 Philadelphia, 2007 Las Vegas, 2009 Phoenix), Bryant is a 12-time All-Star and had started 11 consecutive All-Star games before missing last year's contest due to a sprained left ankle. Bryant, who was the youngest All-Star in NBA history in 1998, led all players in NBA All-Star balloting in 2003. Gasol has made three All-Star appearances (2006, 2009, 2010) and in 2009, became the 27th Laker in franchise history to be named to an All-Star team.

BRYANT NOW 3RD ON NBA FRANCHISE CAREER POINTS LIST
Last season, with his 29th point on February 1, 2010 at Memphis, Kobe Bryant surpassed Jerry West as the Lakers all-time leading scorer. In the history of the NBA, only two players have scored more points with a single franchise than Bryant (26,573): Karl Malone (1st/36,374) and Michael Jordan (2nd/29,277). This season, Bryant has moved past Hakeem Olajuwon (26,511) for 3rd on this list (12/19 at Toronto) and John Havlicek (26,395) for 4th (12/10 at Chicago).

BRYANT PASSES JOHN HAVLICEK FOR 11th ON NBA'S ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
With 23 points at Chicago (12/10/10), Kobe Bryant passed John Havlicek (26,395) for 11th on the NBA's all-time scoring list. Should he continue to score anywhere near his current pace (25.3 ppg), Bryant (26,573) would move to 6th on the all-time list by season's end. Next on the all-time list ahead of Bryant are Dominique Wilkins (10th/26,668), Oscar Robertson (9th/26,710), Hakeem Olajuwon (8th/26,946), Elvin Hayes (7th/27,313) and Moses Malone (6th/27,409).

Bryant has been steadily moving up the list over the past few years and last season alone, passed Alex English (25,613), Reggie Miller (25,279), Jerry West (25,192), Patrick Ewing (24,815) and Allen Iverson (24,368). In passing West with a slam dunk at the 4:14 mark of the third quarter February 1, 2010 at Memphis, finishing the game with 44 points (West's retired number), Bryant became the leading scorer in Lakers franchise history. In 2008-09, Bryant passed Hall-of-Famers Charles Barkley (23,757), Robert Parish (23,334), Adrian Dantley (23,177), Elgin Baylor (23,149), Clyde Drexler (22,195), Gary Payton (21,813) and Larry Bird (21,791).

NO REST, NO PROBLEM
In their second game of a back-to-back set with the Wizards and Pacers, Kobe Bryant scored 31 points in a 109-94 victory at Indiana. Bryant's average of 29.0 ppg in the second game of back-to-back sets is the highest in the NBA this season. The Lakers have played five sets of back-to-back sets on the year, with Bryant scoring 30 points 11/3 @ Sacramento, 33 points 11/17 @ Detroit, 27 points 12/1 @ Houston, 24 points 12/8 @ LA Clippers and 31 points 12/15 @ Indiana (all 2nd of back-to-back games).*

WIRE-TO-WIRE
With their 109-94 victory in Indiana on December 15th, the Lakers recorded their FIFTH wire-to-wire win of the season. The Lakers other wire-to-wire victories came against the Warriors (10/31 vs. GS, 11/21 vs. GS), Grizzlies (11/2 vs. MEM) and Wizards (12/7 vs. WAS). Last year, the Lakers claimed NINE wire-to-wire victories (games in which they never trailed); seven during the regular season and two during the 2010 Playoffs (4/18 & 4/27 vs. Oklahoma City). During their previous championship run in 2008-09, the Lakers claimed 11 wire-to-wire victories; nine during the regular season and two during the 2009 Playoffs (4/29 vs. Utah & 5/17 vs. Houston). Last season, the Lakers also lost twice in wire-to-wire fashion (98-107 1/8/10 @ POR and 75-91 3/26/10 @ OKC).

GAME WINNERS
Known for his clutch shooting, Derek Fisher delivered once again for the Lakers in their 87-86 victory over the Clippers on December 8th, this time in game-winning fashion with a running three-foot layup high off the glass as the buzzer sounded. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since the stat began being tracked prior to the 2000-01 season, Fisher now has five game winning field goals, four in the regular season and one in the playoffs (FGM in last 10 seconds of the 4th quarter or overtime). Only two, however, have actually come with the Lakers; the other being his famous 0.4 second buzzer beater 5/13/04 at San Antonio (74-73 win). Fisher's other game winners came with Utah (2/10/07 vs. NY (104-102 win) and Golden State (3/25/05 vs. MIL (118-117 win), 12/28/05 vs. BOS (111-109 win)).

Last season, teammate Kobe Bryant connected on six game-winners; the most game winning field goals of any player in a single season over the last 10 years (Carmelo Anthony ranks second on this list with five game-winning field goals in 2005-06). Since the start of the 2000-01 season, Bryant has 20 field goals that have given his team the lead within the last 10 seconds of a fourth quarter or overtime, the most in the league over that span.

EMPHATIC END TO LOSING STREAK
The Lakers ended their first 4-game losing streak since April of '07 with a 113-80 victory over Sacramento (12/3/10). It's the second-largest margin of victory to end a losing streak of at least four games the Lakers have ever had. The Lakers ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Hawks by 46 points on January 9, 2004 (113-67).*

IRON MAN
Entering the Lakers game at New Orleans, Derek Fisher has played in 444 consecutive regular season games dating back to April 15, 2005, the longest consecutive games streak among all active NBA players. Fisher moved into the top position after Portland's Andre Miller (632) missed the Blazers game against Phoenix (12/7/10) due to NBA suspension. Additionally, Fisher has started 322 consecutive regular season games dating back to January 15, 2007, tops among all active players by more than a season's worth of games (2nd – Luis Scola). Former Laker A.C. Green holds the NBA record for most consecutive games played with 1,192 dating from 11/19/86 – 4/18/01 while a member of the Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.





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